Duterte, Robredo to lead the 119th Independence Day in Rizal Park

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo will lead the celebration of the 119th anniversary of Philippine Independence Day on June 12, Monday in Manila, National Historical Commission of the Philippines chair Rene Escalante said on Thursday.

Escalante, in a press conference, said Duterte would lead the flag-raising and wreath-laying rites at the Rizal Park and would then hold a traditional morning reception or Vin d’Honneur for the diplomatic corps at the Malacañang Palace.

Escalante said simultaneous commemorative rites would also be led by some government officials and senators in other parts of the country, including Kawit, Cavite; Malolos, Bulacan; Angeles City, Pampanga; Calamba, Laguna; Davao; Baguio City; and Iloilo City.

This year’s commemoration of the country’s independence is themed “Kalayaan 2017: Pag-babagong Sama-Samang Babalikatin.”

Among the activities on Independence Day's celebration were the Balik-Tanaw cultural heritage tour at the Pasig River, cultural performances at the Paco Park in Manila, simultaneous job fairs nationwide, trade fairs, and several public exhibits.

Escalante said the health department would offer medical, dental and optical services while the agiculture department would also distribute free agricultural seeds and seedlings.

The Department of Transportation would also offer free Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit rides on the whole day of June 12.

Escalante reminded the public to be alert and vigilant as the country commemorates the Independence Day. (SunStar Philippines)

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